EFCC Arrests Former Minister, Director In NSA’s Office Over Arms Procurement Scandal
A former Minister of State for Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda, and a number of top officials from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, have been picked up the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
They were picked up for their role in the controversial arms procurement scandal surrounding the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
According to a PREMIUM TIMES report, the ex-minister was arrested by the anti-graft commission on Monday afternoon and was currently undergoing interrogation by a crack team of detctives.
It was learnt that huge amount of money “running into billions” was allegedly traced to Mr. Yuguda from funds meant for arms procurement.
“The funds were directly transferred to him from the NSA office and he has been unable to explain the rationale for the transfer”, a source said.
“The transfers were made to his account between December 2014 and May 2015”.
The director of finance in the ONSA was also among top officials of the office arrested by the EFCC over the same matter.
“The suspects are being grilled by crack detectives and may not be allowed to go home soon”, one source said.
When contacted, the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said he was yet to be briefed on the arrests.